Thursday, August 21, 2014

~Review: Love on Hold: The Wilkins (The Wilkins #1) by Robin Shaw~

Millionaires Mariah Culver had finally thought that when she had something good, it’d last—until she discovered that the man she was set to marry in two months had betrayed her. Devastated, Mariah regrets that she’d trusted another man after the first love of her life, Aaron Wilkins had broken her heart. When Aaron Wilkins comes back into town, he turns her world upside down by bringing back feelings to the surface that she’d thought vanished along with his swift exit from her life.

Aaron Wilkins wouldn’t have come to his hometown of Bloomfield Township, Ohio if his parents hadn’t put their feet down. They didn’t just want him to visit his hometown; they wanted him to move back home for good. Aaron comes to realize that he can’t stay home if Mariah Culver isn’t by his side.

Overall Rating:  3 Rockin’ ★★★

This book really pulled me into the tight-knit community of Bloomfield Township. I settled right in and made it my home because the author made it a comfortable place to be. The main character Mariah was very easy to relate to on so many levels. Even though this tale delves into the lives of the rich and famous, the characters were all created in a way that they seemed very down to earth and not overly affluent.
Mariah Culver developed software at a young age.  The development of this software created her empire and resulted in her amassing a large fortune. Losing her mother to cancer was a huge blow and she had to learn how to deal with her loss. This part of the book hit home in a very personal way and had me ugly crying for this poor girl. Her relationship with Aaron Wilkins at the same time was dwindling due to circumstances she had to wait 14 years to understand.

Aaron Wilkins the teenage love of her life sweeps back in after 14 years.  His arrival on the heels of Mariah’s ugly breakup with Roger opens the door for him to right all the years of wrong that he had done to her. The families in this book are very tightly intertwined. The relationship between Mariah's family and the Wilkin’s family is very sweet and endearing. Robin Shaw paints a picture with her words of a place and people that pulls you in and makes you a part of these families.

Hero: 3 stars
Heroine: 3 stars
Plot: 3 stars
Steam Level: 3 stars
Cliffhanger:  Yes

Would I recommend this book: Yes. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a comforting romance with some twists and turns.

Would I recommend this author: Yes. I look forward to reading more from Robin!

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

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